As a science loving Naturopath/Nutritionist with a specialty in Lifestyle Medicine I am always drawn to research that investigate food and disease as if by some magnetic force and today was no different. An Australian study (Canberra & Queanbeyan) was published online 8th Sept, 2015 associating a western diet with shrunken hippocampus amongst a cohort of 60 year olds Jacka FN, Cherbuin N, Anstey KJ, Sachdev P, and Butterworth P (2015).
Working in the vegetable garden is a great way to not only get lifestyle medicine (activity, mindfulness etc) but also to grow healthy food using organic methods. Everyone knows that vegetables grown in our own gardens always taste better than vegetables grown on a commercial scale, whether this is directly related to chemicals used to grow vegetables at maximum speed for early markets.
Whatever the reason the tomatoes grown in my garden always seem to taste better as does my Tuscan Kale, Beetroot, Lettuce, Potatoes (sweet and plain), Corn, Cabbage, Perpetual Spinach, Garden Peas, Sweet Peas, Climbing Beans, Cucumber, Egyptian Walking Onions, Garlic, Globe Artichoke. The photo on the left was taken during the first week of spring – September in the Southern Hemisphere.Continue reading
This clinic only believes in evidence based medicine and always has done so, from early qualifications in nutrition, through naturopathy and into lifestyle medicine with Southern Cross University. Evidence based medicine is the bible for medicine regardless of whatever form of medicine you practice, or it should be, because if it is not you are not only deceiving yourself but also your patients. A couple of centuries ago a chap called Hippocrates claimed we should let medicine be thy food and food be thy medicine (he spoke funny like that) http://lifestylemedicinevillage.com/wp-admin/post-new.php.Continue reading
When you look back to the 1950’s – 1960’s you remember the Greeks, Italians coming to Australia in large numbers to work on the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme. These Mediterranean people missed their beautiful coffee made at 55C-60C and their food wine and eating habits. Even when they imported coffee beans and ground them the Australians (trained by English tea drinkers) couldn’t make drinkable coffee, and they found the food intolerable Continue reading
Dementia is a terrible disease and most of us fear it. As we age we seem to worry about dementia a lot more than we should, perhaps because of all the media articles and horror stories from friends. Older people worry more when they walk into a room and can’t remember why they entered the room. We inwardly panic when we can’t remember some-ones name we are familiar with or when we forget information we have known for years.Continue reading
Almost every issue of major science journals including the American Institute Of Cancer Research a new detrimental finding is explained for weight gain. Another cancer has been linked to being fat today. Kidney cancer now joins the ever growing list of more than 10 different cancers all linked to being over weight. Today they added another risk factor for developing cancer. We knew from past research that short people had more heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes than tall people but today scientists have added being tall to an increased risk of cancer.Continue reading
Contradictions of Health Is Frustrating
Whenever you start thinking about health it always gets complicated with contradiction on top of contradiction. Regardless of what body system you are investigating it wont take long before contradiction rises it’s ugly head, or it could be so difficult to comprehend that you find yourself spending hours trying to find an answer as to why it happens like that. I do a lot of body work as well, remedial massage for compensation patients so you do not want to fail, so it is imperative that you learn your subject well and pain referral patterns have to be understood, but how, and why do some of them occur. We know that inflammation (inflammatory mediators) in the muscle cells disrupt the mitochondria from completing it’s Kreb Cycle but how does a muscle in the lower portion of the leg (soleus) produce pain in the jaw (mastoid muscle) Chaitow L and DeLaney J (2002) Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques (Book).Continue reading
Beating Chronic Disease With Nature
So many diseases can be reversed, cured or prevented by lifestyle medicine and this has known to medicine for more than 60 years. So why has the emphasis always been on treatment, namely drug intervention. Now before you say he is a Naturopath so of course he would say that I will remind you that my passion has always been nature and science, so it follows that I would have studied nutrition (my first study), naturopathy and science and this is the course I have chosen.Continue reading